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Maytag Dependable Leader Award Recognizes Extraordinary Individuals for their Dedication to Local Youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of America And Maytag Brand Reward Seven ‘Dependable Leaders’ With $20,000 Grant

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ATLANTA, NOV. 4, 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Maytag brand have selected seven new recipients of the annual Maytag Dependable Leader Award. The award program recognizes Boys & Girls Club employees and volunteers who have dedicated their lives to supporting young people and rewards these efforts with a $20,000 grant to their local Boys & Girls Club.

The 2019 Maytag Dependable Leaders join a distinguished group of more than 100 winners from the past two decades. Each award recipient is nominated by peers at their Boys & Girls Club, and following a comprehensive review of the nomination forms Maytag selects the winners.

This year’s class recognizes many compelling personal stories and triumphs. One such story involves Corporal Jessica Ziegler of the Pasco County Sheriff Office. Corporal Ziegler works as a Community Liaison for her local Boys & Girls Club to help bridge the gap between community and law enforcement. She is not only a reliable source of behavioral and emotional support to youth and parents, but she also works to enhance members’ success in school through the collection of school supplies, shoes and access to food.

Another award recipient has worked for her Boys & Girls Club for more than 35 years, demonstrating tremendous dependability even in the midst of personal tragedy. She lost her only daughter to gun violence in the very city she works so hard to make safe for the children of others.

The 2019 Maytag Dependable Leaders are:

Corporal Jessica Ziegler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
Jim Martin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Rosemarie Joiner, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana
Gina McLain, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui
Barry Woods, Boys & Girls Club of Stamford
Rodney “Coach DJ” Johnson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Ennis
Lester R. Johnson Jr., Eglin AFB School Age Care

"We’re able to serve millions of young people across the U.S. and abroad thanks to the commitment of our dedicated employee and volunteer force,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “With Maytag brand’s partnership and support, we have the honor of recognizing these incredible community leaders while providing grants to local Boys & Girls Clubs for youth scholarships.”

Since 2010, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Maytag have presented more than 100 Boys & Girls Club youth development professionals with a Maytag Dependable Leader Award and $20,000 grant. Maytag plays an intricate part in making sure Boys & Girls Club members have opportunities to explore their passions. Throughout the partnership, Maytag has provided more than $8.4 million to help deserving youth reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

“Boys & Girls Clubs have built upon their roots of dependability, striving each day to assist youth to become productive, caring, and responsible citizens,” said Allison Gillespie, Senior Brand Manager, Maytag. “The dynamic partnership between Maytag and Boys & Girls Clubs of America with the Maytag Dependable Leader Award program has created an opportunity to showcase professionals and volunteers supporting this mission, and we are honored to recognize them and their efforts with this award.”  

Together Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Maytag celebrate dependability – a quality that is at the core of what the Clubs do every day and is central to Maytag brand.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Maytag partnership, click here.

About Maytag Brand
For more than a century, Maytag® appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. For over 100 years- Maytag has an enduring tradition of quality production and powerful performance. Durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag® appliances – including Maytag® front-load and top-load washers and dryers. Maytag also offers a full range of kitchen appliances - Maytag® dishwashers with the PowerBlast® cycle, Maytag® refrigerators with the PowerCold® option, as well as Maytag® ranges, cooktops and ovens with Power™ burner and Power™ element options. In January 2014, Maytag introduced America to the Maytag Man – a dependable machine and the human embodiment of the durability, reliability and power inside all Maytag® appliances. In addition to creating durable appliances, Maytag also is a dependable partner to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in their effort to support communities across America and help young people achieve great futures.  For more information about Maytag, please visit Maytag.com, or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Maytag, Twitter at @TheMaytagMan, Instagram at instagram.com/Maytag or Pinterest at pinterest.com/Maytag.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,600 Clubs serve over 4.7 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at on Facebook and Twitter.  


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Ashley Keyes
Boys & Girls Clubs of America





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